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For The First Time In History, Women In Saudi Arabia Are Allowed To Vote!

2003, Iran --- Women in chadors at the seaside on the island of Kish. | Location: Kish Island, Iran. --- Image by © Yves Gellie/Corbis
2003, Iran --- Women in chadors at the seaside on the island of Kish. | Location: Kish Island, Iran.  --- Image by © Yves Gellie/Corbis

2003, Iran — Women in chadors at the seaside on the island of Kish. | Location: Kish Island, Iran. — Image by © Yves Gellie/Corbis

Last week, a small number of women registered to vote in Mecca and Madina – a first in the country’s history.

“The participation of the Saudi women in the municipal elections as voters and candidates was a dream for us,” one woman who registered to vote told Saudi Gazette“The move will enable Saudi women to have a say in the process of the decision-making.

As local newspaper Saudi Gazette reports, the newly introduced rights were first announced by King Abdullah in 2011 – marking a significant shift from the country’s hardline conservative culture.

While critics argue that the laws do not go far enough in advancing women’s’ rights, it is at least, a step in the right direction.

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